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Scandal-Wrecked Former News Corp. Executive Is Reportedly Ready to Start a New Life NYC

Rebekah Brooks has been laying low since last June, when was cleared of all charges in News Corporation's endless bribery and phone-hacking scandal. That might be about to change. The Guardian reports that Brooks, a longtime friend and ally of News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch, has relocated from the United Kingdom to New York City (along with her daughter and husband, Charlie, who also avoided punishment for the debacle). It seems that Murdoch is preparing to offer Brooks "a permanent position heading up his search for new online investments." (She stepped down from role as CEO of News Corp.'s British newspaper division as the scandal was blowing up in 2011.) 


The de Blasios Haven't Quite Warmed Up to the Upper East Side

Mayor de Blasio and his family have been living in Gracie Mansion for about nine months now, but it seems that they're still settling in to the Upper East Side neighborhood of Yorkville. Or maybe they're not really settling in: the New York Daily News polled roughly 15 businesses in the immediate vicinity of the mayoral residence and found that the de Blasios have only ever patronized three of them. 


Nurse Sues Dallas Hospital Where She Contracted Ebola

As panic over Ebola swept the United States last fall, Nina Pham became the American face of the disease. Pham, a 26-year-old nurse, contracted the virus while caring for Ebola-stricken Thomas Eric Duncan at Dallas's Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Her plight was highly publicized: animal lovers worried that her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel would be euthanized (he wasn't), and Texas Health Presbyterian released an emotional video of her in her hospital bed. When Pham recovered and emerged from Maryland's National Institute of Health (where she was sent after receiving her initial treatment in Dallas), reporters documented her reuniting with her dog and hugging President Obama.

But it turns out that Pham's story was less heartwarming than many would like to think. On Sunday, the Dally Morning News reported that she plans to sue Texas Health Presbyterian and its parent company, Texas Health Resources, for failing to provide her and her colleagues with adequate training and resources to care for Duncan and for ignoring her requests for privacy. 


Rand Paul Won the CPAC Straw Poll for the Third Year in a Row

Congratulations to Rand Paul, Son of Ron, for winning the Conservative Political Action Conference'sPost reports that around 3,000 CPAC attendees participated in the poll this year.) Texas Senator Ted Cruz came in third (11.5 percent), Ben Carson came in fourth (11 percent), and Jeb Bush rounded out the top five with 8 percent.  straw poll for the third time in a row. Paul the Younger took 25.7 percent of the vote, while Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker came in second place with 21.4 percent. (The Washington


Cleveland Blames Tamir Rice for His Own Death

The family of Tamir Rice — the 12-year-old who was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer while playing with a toy gun — recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and the two cops involved in the shooting, Frank Garmback and Timothy Loehmann. The lawsuit, which includes at least 27 allegations, accuses Garmback and Loehmann of excessive force (Loehmann fired at Tamir within seconds of pulling up to him), indifference to the boy's medical needs (he lay bleeding on the ground for almost four minutes before someone arrived to give him first aid), and notes that officers tackled and pushed Tamir's 14-year-old sister as she tried to attend to her brother. The Rice's lawyers also claim that Cleveland has been "withholding substantial evidence and information" and that the city has failed to properly investigate the incident. 

Cleveland has responded to the lawsuit. »

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Trial Is Still Going to Be in Boston

Once again, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has failed to get his case heard somewhere outside the immediate vicinity of the 2013 Boston bombing. On Friday, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected Tsarnaev's request for a change of venue, despite his lawyers' claim that their client cannot get a fair trial in Boston, where nearly every potential juror has some connection to the 20-year-old's alleged crimes. The decision was split two-to-one, with judges Sandra L. Lynch and Jeffrey R. Howard ruling that Tsarnaev's trial should remain in Boston, and judge Juan R. Torruella dissenting. 


At CPAC You Have the Right to Get Weird

“It’s hard to punch through here,” Travis Brown, a writer for the anti-tax website How Money Walks, is saying. Standing in front of us, a towering silver robot with glowing red LED lights in his eyes and chest plate takes a clunky step forward. “We need to be creative. There’s so much going on.” The robot takes another step forward. A college-aged girl walks by asking who he is.

“Govtron is a robot built and fueled by government inefficiency,” one of the robot’s handlers says. “So he’s armored with pages of the Obamacare bill, he’s got a red tape cannon, he’s stomping on some Gadsden snakes as we speak, stomping on your freedom. We’re pitting this super villain against the How Money Walks Reformers, which includes Captain America and Iron Man, as well as Iron Patriot.” Behind him, a man in a Captain America costume gives a halfhearted wave. “That is so funny!” the girl says. “And what is his name? Goovtron?”


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